I have a fine art background with a degree in tapestry from Edinburgh College of Art. I spent a lot of time in college taking photos and making short films. In the late 90s, I started creating digital interactives, which led to me working for museums, schools, and other artists.
In 2005 I started working on the Riverside Museum project in Glasgow as a digital curator, then developed digital content for the wider museums service including Kelvingrove, People’s Palace and Scotland Street, before to assume my role at Burrell. I have developed hundreds of short films, interactive games, immersive shows, digital labels and websites for our visitors.
Creativity and creation are at the heart of what I do and what I love to do. Outside of work I’ve made a few records and I draw and paint a lot and I’m happy to build and renovate. I love having projects to work on – creativity is really about problem solving, experimenting, learning, finding the right tool for the job – and hard work.
The Burrell Collection is a truly exciting project to be involved in because of the building, its location in Pollok Park, and the collection itself.
I grew up, like millions of others, coming to museums in Glasgow – delighted by the spaces and the objects. Visitors to our museums are long-time superfans, young and old, and we work for them and also try to reach new audiences. I am now the father of two children and I understand better what children and parents expect from a museum than ten years ago.
My job is to help visitors understand our collections and appreciate our museums. Digital elements, including films, interactives and immersive shows, are all there to make objects accessible and relatable, with which our visitors can connect so that they can establish a broader connection with the museum, our city and the world.
We created immediate and impactful “moments” with The Burrell Collection digital platforms. These are experiences that have been developed with visitors and that are based on our knowledge of what visitors want to do in a museum, the time they have available, what interests them and which allow them to deepen their they want it. Digital is just one of the many elements we weave together to create a welcoming, functional, enjoyable, personalized, surprising and playful experience for all our visitors, and an experience they will want to come back to.
Storytelling, digital and technology have always been fascinating points for me through cinema, photography, painting, games and online tools. There is no other job I would rather do for the Museum department. And I get to work visually – sometimes on a grand scale – telling stories about our collection through the tools that technology gives us. There are real “wow” moments planned for Burrell Galleries and digital plays a huge part in that. The Glasgow Museum also has an excellent track record for innovation, so it’s a great mix. Who wouldn’t want to be part of it?
The Burrell Collection, managed by the charity Glasgow Life, will reopen in March 2022 following an ambitious upgrade and re-display of the building. For more information visit: http://www.burrellcollection.com